Located in the south
of Kosovo near the border to Montenegro, the project site Budakova
comprises a mountain ridge of about 8 km length and an altitude of up
to 1,600 m.a.s.l. While the slopes are densely covered with trees,
the top of the ridge is mostly free from any vegetation apart from
grass and small bushes. It’s here where up to 15 turbines of the 3
MW class are planned and where the wind potential is the highest. As
the wind measurements have revealed that the wind blows
stronger in the northern half of the project region, there is also
the possibility to realise a smaller wind farm that would only
consist of up to 8 turbines.
an environmental impact study was carried out in spring 2013, the
project received the Environmental
Permit in June of the same year and
shortly afterwards the Preliminary
License from the Energy Regulatory Office of Kosovo (ERO).
First clarifications and discussions with the national electrical
grid operator (KOSTT) revealed a suitable feed-in point at the
substation of the nearby city of Suhareka. An appropriate application
for a grid connection there was handed-in to the responsible
authorities in autumn 2013, but is there waiting until some aspects of the PPA can be cleared.
As with the Wind
Farm Zatric, the applicable feed-in tariff for the electricity
produced by the Wind Farm Budakova is 8.5 Eurocent / kWh with a
validity of 12 years and an appropriate Power Purchase Agreement will
be negotiated with Kosovo’s Energy Distribution and Supply Company
Based on the wind
measurements conducted with the two met masts in the past,
we will soon prepare an updated wind model in order to reliably
predict the average yearly energy output of the planned wind farm.
More information about the Budakova Wind Farm can be found under www.upwindbudakova.com (this website is under construction).